Saturday, 9 March 2013

Collaborative - D&C/ Graffiti art

I decided to look a little into street culture, graffiti art is massively related to music such as hip hop culture, it was generated to mark territories on the streets as a reminder of gang related activities. 

Artsits who were inspired by this developed their ow type of work which was also known as street art. 

I decided to do some back ground research into Keith Haring, a graffiti artists who was very popular in the 80's and has became widely recognised visual language of the 20th century. 

Keith arrived in New York in 1978 as a scholarship student at the School of Visual Arts. All at once, he began to experience a multicultural urban community with its own expressive vocabulary; a lively environment in which to explore his gay identity; and a peer group, at the School of Visual Arts and in the vibrantly experimental East Village, as energetic and uninhibited as Keith himself.

He was particularly inspired by the beauty and spontaneity of the graffiti he saw in the subways. Graffiti spoke of a world that was hip and streetwise, creative and spontaneous and underground–all that he admired and wanted to be. At the same time, he admired the technical mastery and calligraphic quality of the graffiti artists’ ‘tags.’

Shows at P.S. 122 and Club 57 added to the visibility Keith had gained through his subway drawings and street graffiti. Growing recognition of his work brought Keith more money and new opportunities, but it brought new pressures into his life as well.

Another graffiti artist i decided to research on

He began as an obscure graffiti artist in New York City in the late 1970s and evolved into an acclaimed Neo-expressionist and Primitivist painter by the 1980s.

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